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Robert J.C Butow.
November 3, 2017
Robert Butow who taught in the UW Jackson School and Department of History for three decades (1960-1990) died at the age of 93 on October 17, 2017.  He was a preeminent historian of US-Japan relations, focusing much of his work on the diplomatic efforts to avoid war in 1941 and to end the war in 1945.   His first book, Japan’s Decision to Surrender
Newton surrounded by his discoveries.
October 16, 2017
"How do you historicize gravity?" This is just one of the exciting questions that undergraduates will get to tackle in Professor Bruce Hevly’s upcoming course HSTCMP 313: Science in Civilization: Physics and Astrophysics Since 1850.
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October 16, 2017
Google will invest $1 billion over the next five years in organizations helping people adjust to the changing nature of work. Margaret O'Mara, a history professor at the UW, is quoted. Featured on USA Today 
'Why Race Matters' flyer
October 10, 2017
Following the success of last year’s discussion series of the same name and in the continued context of heightened race relations in 2017 America, The Department of History Diversity Committee will once again host a roundtable discussion around the theme of “Why Race Matters.”
Dr. Turkiya Lowe, NPS Chief Historian and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer
October 2, 2017
In January 2017, Turkiya Lowe (PhD, 2010) was named the National Park Service’s new Chief Historian and Deputy Federal Preservation Officer. Lowe is the first woman and first African American to hold the position. She has close to two decades of experience working in the NPS, and most recently served as Southeast Region chief historian and chief for the Southeast Region’s Cultural Resources Research and Science Branch. In 2016, she also held the position of Acting Superintendent of Cane River... Read more
Image of Haitian Vodou Flag depicting 2010 earthquake.
September 26, 2017
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September 25, 2017
Laurie Marhoefer, a historian of Nazi Germany at the UW, gives commentary on the recent controversy over KUOW's interview with a Neo-nazi. Featured on KUOW 
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September 14, 2017
The prestigious prize recognizes Taylor’s distinguished career and his commitment to researching, preserving, and promoting the history of African Americans in the PNW.
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September 12, 2017
Amazon's announcement that it's searching for a second HQ is generating a backlash in Seattle and elsewhere. Margaret O'Mara, a UW associate professor of history, is quoted. Featured on GeekWire 
Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor
September 1, 2017
Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor has been awarded the 2017 Robert Gray Medal by the Washington State Historical Society. The pretigious prize is given in recognition of Taylor’s distinguished career as a professor of history and his far-reaching commitment to researching, preserving, and promoting the history of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.